Vendor and Professional Photographer Permits
Vendors hired by permit holders to provide special activities allowed at a picnic shelter must be licensed with us for the current year. Annual or single use permits can be purchased.
Picnic services include catering, beer truck, band, DJ or other entertainment, commercial portrait photography, face painting, inflatable rentals, tents, portable toilets or wash stations, and other services associated with picnics and events in our preserves.
Professional photographers wishing to use the forest preserves as a setting to photograph families or weddings must be licensed with us for the current year.
Commercial portrait photography permits do not apply to exclusive use areas at Independence Grove (Millennium Plaza, Native Garden, North Bay Pavilion) when under contract for private use. Permits for these areas can be obtained at the Visitors Center.